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lithuanian farmers cheese

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Millie Johnson
Valley Head, AL

This is a super easy recipe for cheese ! I found this recipe on Cheeses of Antiquity website. Terese Vekteris was the person who was making the cheese. What I like about it is that it uses buttermilk and no rennet. I thought this cheese by itself to be on the plain side but very good with garlic, chives and cracked black pepper added to it. I served it with the herbs and thin sliced ham on butter crackers. It was gone in a flash !

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Hr
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For lithuanian farmers cheese

  • 1 gal
    raw milk
  • 1/2 gal
    cultured whole buttermilk
  • salt to taste
  • large pot
  • large colander
  • cheesecloth (or a piece of linen)
  • string
  • cheese press or two heavy cutting boards,heavy skillet
  • large spoon

How To Make lithuanian farmers cheese

  • 1
    Let milk and buttermilk set out on the counter for an hour to warm.
  • 2
    Pour milk into pot and heat slowly on med. heat to almost boiling (180*F).
  • 3
    Remove from heat and add buttermilk.Curds should start to form immediately. Give a gentle stir but try not to break the curd. Let set 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Line your colader with the cheesecloth and set it in the sink. (If you want to catch the whey to use for cooking, set colander over another large pot.)
  • 5
    Mine was draining slow so I gathered the ends and gently see-saw the curds back and forth, lifting one end up then the other.
  • 6
    Once most of the liquid has drained gather corners and tie.
  • 7
    Loop string then hang till it stops dripping.
  • 8
    Take down and give it a wring then press for 10-12 hours. The longer you press the drier the cheese will be. I did not have a press so I sandwiched it between a cutting board and a fry pan and put a cast iron skillet on top with a coffee can filled with water inside that, then the lid to the skillet on top .
  • 9
    Turn cheese out into a bowl and salt to taste and garnish.